gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Judge Turpin)
OSTRACIZATION IS NOT A WORD! THE WORD IS OSTRACISM! STOP WRITING "OSTRACIZATION," IT MAKES YOU LOOK STUPID!



thank you for your time
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]I think "have a nice day" is fine. Some people take offense, like "why are you ordering me to have a particular type of day? I'll have a bad day if I want to!" but that's silly, it obviously means "I hope you have a nice day."

I would replace the insincere "how are you"s with "hello." It's always off-putting when someone says "how are you?" and then walks off before I have a chance to answer. And it's a waste of time - fast food drive-thru clerks often have to say "how are you?" and I feel like it's rude to ignore it so I have to say "fine thanks, how are you?" and then they have to answer and I could have finished placing my order by then if they'd just said "welcome to ___ may I take your order?" People can still ask how you're doing when they genuinely care and want to hear the answer. But I could do without all this fake, perfunctory courtesy from strangers.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
Here's a phrase I don't like: "[blank] is just that: [blank]." It's a tautology and it usually comes off as condescending and insulting to the reader. I wish people would stop using it.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
[Error: unknown template qotd]HAAAhaha! Yes. There was a Shakesville post about this recently. I'm omitting words that are commonly misused/misspelled because 1. that's not really what the question was about and 2. we'd be here all day.

Actually I can only think of these two off the top of my head:

1) "it is what it is" - hate it because it's a meaningless tautology

2) "go ahead and" - it's redundant and it makes the speaker sound like they think the listener needs their permission

I also hate how management-types use hyperbolic metaphors waaaaay too much. "putting out fires" "fall on [one's] sword" etc. Like they have to make everything sound dramatic and important.

I have to confess that I have occasionally used both "in the loop" and "on the same page" although they make me cringe a little. It's hard when you're communicating with people who talk like that to avoid picking up their phrases.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
http://xkcd.com/541/


...that is, figuring out the correct punctuation bothers me. I haven't been banned from any conferences. Yet.

argh

Jun. 11th, 2006 09:44 pm
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
I just found and corrected a huge, obvious typo that'd been on my site for many, many months. Why are they invisible to me when I'm doing my first several rounds of proof-reading and I only notice them months later? Why??

The same thing happened on an academic poster I did. Other people proof-read it too and they didn't notice it either. So it's not just me.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (Default)
First it was "literally," used to mean the opposite of what literally actually means, then it was "infer" where "imply" would've been much clearer. I think I have witnessed the beginnings of the next trend in widespread abuse of English:

"Recant" means to take back a belief formally, as in "Well, it is so often the way, sir, too late one thinks of what one should have said. Sir Thomas More, for instance - burned alive for refusing to recant his Catholicism - must have been kicking himself, as the flames licked higher, that it never occurred to him to say, 'I recant my Catholicism.'"

"ReCOUNT," on the other hand, means to tell a story (or to count something again).

Saying "they recanted the story" makes you look like a MORONIC TOOL. I saw the writing of two such tools today alone.

I'm worried.
gmonkey42: cartoon Sephiroth (unhappy Snape)
The following grammar rant is free of spoilers.

I was reading Something Awful. Lowtax is fairly conservative but he's funny so I'll forgive him. I will not forgive him, however, for using "infer" where he should have used "imply." I've seen that crop up a lot lately. It's my new pet peeve now that people have stopped abusing "literally" so much. I don't have a catchy song like Strong Bad* but this is a good general rule:

If you're doing the talking, you're implying.
If you're doing the listening/reading, you're inferring.

Here's an example:
"That's a very nice wand you have there, Sevvie," said Divinity Raven Celestia.
Divinity was implying something inappropriate.
Snape inferred from her name that she was a Mary Sue and turned her into a radish.

Misused words make Snapeypuff sad.

Yeah, dictionary.com includes the word "imply" in the 4th definition of "infer" but "imply" is not a synonym of "infer" and I don't like it when people use it as such.


* I can't remember which Strong Bad E-mail it was so I'll just have to give you the lyrics:
Oh! If you want it to be possessive, it's just "i-t-s"
but if it's supposed to be a contraction then it's "i-t-apostrophe-s!"
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